In the Silence – Chapters 8-10

Title: In the Silence
Author: Keira Marcos
Betas: Ladyholder, Chris King, & Jilly James
Fandom: Stargate: Atlantis
Series: Lantean Legacy
Series Order: 2
Pairings: McKay/Sheppard (many secondary pairings)
Genre: Alternate Universe, Romance, Action Adventure
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 58,118
Warnings: Graphic sex, explicit language, off-screen death of people you don’t know
Summary: Earth makes contact and the SGC is forced to reap the consequences of Landry’s decisions regarding the Atlantis expedition.

book 2 vignette chapter 8

Chapter 8

 

“She gets that bad ass stuff from you,” Rodney muttered as he moved around their quarters on Atlas. “I’m surprised she didn’t show up in full dress military uniform.”

John chuckled. “You can be a hardass with your scientists, Rodney.” He sat down on their bed and then fell back with a sigh. “They think she has influenced us since the beginning. They believe that we are loyal to her because the gene therapy altered our perceptions.”

“They think the city brainwashed us?”

John nodded and then sat up. “Yeah, even my father thinks that to some degree even if he never says it aloud.”

“I think we influence her far more than she’s ever influenced us,” Rodney admitted. “The amount of biofeedback she receives from the population is extreme and it never lets up. When we leave her or don’t interact directly with the shipswe get a break from it.”

“Right,” John murmured. “It hardly matters anyway—even if she does influence us I don’t feel that it’s malicious or even altogether self-serving. Even when she has goals of her own it’s never about her personally. She is selfless and her only real obsession is the Wraith. She hates them intensely—mostly I think because of what they’ve already cost her and what they could continue to cost her in the future.”

Rodney crawled into his lap and grinned when John huffed in surprise. He prodded him onto his back. “We have a few hours before the next meeting.”

John lifted his hips obligingly as McKay worked his pants open easily. “Atlas.”

“Yes, General?”

“Dr. McKay and I will need an hour of privacy. Emergency calls only.” John unbuttoned the jacket for his dress uniform and sighed when Rodney wrapped one hand confidently around his cock. “Starting right now.”

“Understood, General.”

The lights in their quarters dimmed slowly and a star lit night sky filled the room above them. John laughed softly as they both wiggled out of the rest of their clothes. “He’s such a romantic.”

Rodney hummed softly and tossed the last of John’s clothes away. “You’re so beautiful like this, John.” He ran his hands down John’s chest, his fingers catching in the light sprinkling of hair that narrowed as it trailed down his stomach. “I want to fuck you.”

“God yes,” John spread his legs as McKay went in search of their slick. “That’s exactly what I need.”

Rodney returned to the bed with a tube of lubrication and slicked up two fingers. He pushed both into John’s hole and Sheppard responded by spreading his legs further. Their bond, which they kept down as much as possible to improve their own ability to function in the field, thrummed between them as they John relaxed his rigid mental control.

“Rodney.”

“I’m here,” McKay murmured. “I’m going to give you exactly what you want.”

John hummed under his breath and rocked down on McKay’s fingers. “You always do.” He pressed downward with a shuddery breath. “Slick up your cock. I want to be on top.”

Rodney groaned but pulled his fingers free and slicked himself up. He settled down at the head of the bed and relaxed on the pillows. John slipped into his lap and brushed their mouths together. McKay wrapped a hand around his cock and held himself in place as John shifted up his knees then sank down on him with a groan. “Fuck.”

“I love your thick cock,” John admitted in words slurred with lust. He curled his hands around he headboard and started to work himself on his husband’s dick. “You’re just…fuck… that’s perfect.”

Rodney wrapped a hand firmly around John’s erection and held him as John rode him. “I love you and I love it when you’re all greedy and demanding like this.”

“I…” John shuddered and started to move faster. “I’ll never get enough of you.”

McKay used his free hand to cup John’s hip and he started jerk him off with long, slow pulls. “Come for me.”

“I…” John shuddered. “I’m not done.”

“I want to fuck you after you come. You love that.”

John had rarely loved anything more than the thick thrust of Rodney’s cock in his ass after he’d already come. He shuddered and came all over McKay’s hand. Orgasm made him limp and pliable so Rodney just rolled him over, pushed both of John’s legs over his arms and fucked him as hard as he could. He loved the way their skin smacked together, the heat of Rodney’s body against his and the way the muscles in his legs burned because of the position.

John relaxed on the bed, threw his arms over his head and practically melted into the mattress. Rodney pumped into his body with strong, sure strokes—seeking his own pleasure single-mindedly. John loved that, too. A little stutter of Rodney’s hips told John that his husband was almost at this own breaking point so he clinched down on McKay’s cock as hard he could and the man groaned and came with a startled shout.

– – – –

“You’re saying that you don’t consider yourself Canadian anymore,” Adrien Bristow questioned.

“Of course not.” Rodney fussed with his coffee for a few seconds, intent on enjoying the experience regardless of his circumstances. “I don’t even consider myself a Tau’ri. I’m Lantean. The Second Citizen of a new generation of Lanteans to be exact.” He pushed aside a plate of cookies with a frown. “If it’s your intention to kill me Prime Minister Bristow, I would appreciate a more direct approach.”

John pulled the plate of offending cookies further away from his spouse and Elizabeth took them when they were within her reach. “Dr. McKay is allergic to citrus.” He cleared his throat when one of Bristow’s security people moved close to the table. “You’re too close.”

“I was just going to take the plate away,” the man stepped back to the wall and blinked in surprise when the plate elevated off the table and flew to him. He plucked it hesitantly out of the air and passed it to someone to get it out of the room. “Thank you, sir.”

John inclined his head and then returned his focus to Rodney. “Tell him your concerns, McKay.”

“The IOA has already maneuvered themselves in an effort to control General Sheppard and myself through our families. I have a sister in Vancouver.” McKay paused and frowned. “It’s important for you to know that the safety of my sister and her children is important to me. I would be intensely upset if I felt I couldn’t trust the Canadian government to keep her safe.”

Bristow sat back in his chair and looked briefly at each of them. “I won’t be bullied by the IOA or the US government and you can trust that your sister and her children are as safe as they can be. I would never sanction action to take them into custody and would consider such treatment of my citizens as an act of war. I’ll make that clear to my counterpart in the US and those abroad.” He looked at John. “It’s my understanding that your father and brothers are no longer on Earth, General Sheppard.”

“They are safe if that is your concern. The Admiral is interested in knowing more about Atlantis and threat we face in Pegasus.” John refilled Rodney’s coffee cup. “One of my brothers is actually still on Earth but his location is ‘need to know’ and while I do believe you’ve spoken with us honestly—you don’t need to know. The youngest is on Atlantis falling in love with science and stuff.”

Bristow scrunched up his nose in irritation but nodded abruptly. “I have a feeling I know exactly where your brother is and I’m not opposed to it at this point. Though I’m sure the US government might have a problem or two with one of their military assets playing bodyguard for a house wife in Vancouver.”

“You can’t imagine that we care,” Elizabeth returned and then smiled. “Now, President Hayes has made several overtures in our direction concerning the building of ships and future trade agreements with Lantea.”

“Henry and I have had several conversations and we’re very much on the same page. Currently the three ships the SGC has built are manned entirely by military assets from Canada and the US. We have some civilian scientists in the program from different countries but we’ve found over the years they are far more dedicated to science than to lines on a map,” Bristow explained. “We want to protect our world from the Ori and we’ll do what is necessary to do that—even if we have to fight our own people to do it.”

Elizabeth nodded. “All right, we do not wish to concern ourselves with your internal conflicts but we do insist that our existence be revealed to the people of this world and we want full disclosure on the Atlantis Expedition including the details of how we were abandoned in another galaxy.”

– – – –

“They’ll never admit they left us in Pegasus to die,” Rodney murmured as he moved around the small meeting room that Elizabeth was ensconced in. “They can’t even explain it to themselves. There is just this huge swell of apathy in them when it comes to the Atlantis Expedition. You feel it?”

“Yes,” John admitted. “I feel it. They fear the Wraith on a visceral level—far more than they ever feared the Goa’uld or even the Ori. They left us in Pegasus to fight a war they all feared so much it made them sick to even think about it but they didn’t want it to touch them. They didn’t want to hear about our suffering or our eventual failure so they never came to check on us.”

“What happened in the Ori galaxy changed them,” Elizabeth admitted. “And the people at the SGC. I guess we can be lucky that Dr. Jackson left when he did.”

“Maybe Jackson is the reason,” John said and shifted in his chair. “He was their heart and he left them—disillusioned and furious by Landry’s bullshit. Now they’re floundering under the weight of the threat of the Ori and Landry spent so much time ignoring it in favor of his own power games that they are utterly unprepared for what the galaxy is throwing at them. I think Earth would’ve already fallen if it were not for the Asgard.”

“And the Asgard are only able to help because Theseus saved them,” Rodney said. “At what point do we tell the people on Earth that the Asgard had more in common with us genetically than they do?”

John snorted. “They’ll probably lose their minds when they figure out that Theseus made them new bodies and what that really means.”

“At least he gave them their penis’ back,” Elizabeth said cheerfully. “At least the ones that wanted a male body.”

Rodney sighed and John laughed a little. He could laugh about it—he wasn’t the one who’d had to explain gender roles and physical reproduction to the Asgard.

“Just wait until they find out that all three genders can have babies,” Rodney said with a smirk and Elizabeth started to giggle.

book 2 vignette chapter 9

Chapter 9

 

“What are you thinking about?”

“I’m thinking that my entire life has been stolen from me because people are corrupt and my brother is more loyal to a city in another galaxy than he is to the planet he was born on,” Matt Sheppard said baldly.

Ally swung her feet and they knocked against the pier they were both sitting on. “Do you resent me? Us?”

“No,” Matt said with a sigh. “But you can feel that, right?”

“Theseus can feel that you’re conflicted,” Ally explained. “Was there someone on Earth that you had romantic feelings for? I’ll have Atlas kidnap them.”

Matt laughed abruptly. “No, in fact, my personal life was a dead loss but I’d just accepted a coveted position in a hospital for women and children in Boston. I was getting ready for the move. I guess I can be thankful that I’m not leaving any patients behind at this point. I’d already transferred the ones in my New York practice to other doctors. But…” He looked out over the city. “Do I have a place here?”

“There are no doctors on the city from Earth who specialized in the care of women and children,” Ally said. “There are several midwives on the mainland but all they have are the skills that have been passed down to them. We lost a woman and her child last year due to complications during the birth. She was on the mainland and I didn’t know…” Ally sighed. “Now, I have monitors on all the pregnant women so I can keep track of them and their babies. It was so terrible, Matt, to lose two citizens in such a way.”

“Yes, I can imagine that it was.” Matt nodded and took a deep breath. “I’m mad at John.”

“He knows.”

“Yes, I assume he did since he gave me so much space on the ship and delegated the question of coming here to our father,” Matt huffed and rubbed his head in frustration. “When he left—he pretty much left our family on a path to self-destruction. I’ve barely spoken to David in years either—just emails here and there. I was really upset with him when he had contact with John then they had an argument and I was pretty petty about how much that pleased me. It wasn’t fair, really.”

“You were young.”

“And stupid,” Matt said grimly. “John could’ve died out here and all four of us were just a bunch of stubborn assholes.”

“Fortunately for you all, I’m a total boss at wrangling assholes,” Ally boasted proudly.

Matt laughed. “I just bet you are.” He stretched and took a deep breath. “Did Atlas finish cleaning out my apartment?”

“Yes, your belongings are all crated and they’ll be transferred here before Atlas starts the trip home. I’ve done the same with the Admiral—the FBI was at his house. Atlas found it quite amusing to take everything—some of it right out of their hands.”

Matt laughed. “Well, as long as he had a good time. How is my brother David?”

“He is at Jeannie McKay’s house,” Ally explained. “John seems to think that the situation is amusing but Atlas can’t figure out why.”

“David has a hero complex,” Matt murmured. “I’m sure a pretty little scientist with two kids has flipped all of his protective switches.”

“Human relationships are difficult for me to understand sometimes but I understand the desire to protect those who can’t protect themselves. There are many vulnerable people on Lantea. The children are especially important to me. The Ancients stopped having children long before they abandoned us in Pegasus but now there are many children. I hope Jeannie McKay comes here—she has two children.” She turned to Matt. “Are you heterosexual or homosexual?”

Matt gaped at her for a second then sighed. “I’m bisexual actually. Do you know what that means?”

“You like both genders. That’s good. I’ll make a list of people on the city that you have interests in common with and…” She trailed off when he shook his head. “Do you not wish to find someone to share sexual pleasure with? I find that most of the city’s population is quite dedicated to it.”

He grinned at her. “I think you’ll find that I won’t have to work hard to get laid, Ally.”

“No, I’ve already heard from several people on the city that you’re extremely attractive but still I could make sure you meet someone very compatible.” She offered him a smile and winked at him.

“Absolutely not,” he told her. “I’ve never had to resort to dating sites so I’m not going to let you match make for me either. Besides, I know what you’re about—you’re trying to get me attached to someone on the city so I won’t leave.”

She laughed. “Don’t play hard to get, Dr. Sheppard.”

“My Dad is here and I imagine David will come, too, so there is nowhere else I’d rather be. Let’s talk about gene therapy. I had a conversation with Dr. Beckett but he said I’d have to ask you most of my questions.”

“All right.” Ally folded her legs together as she turned to face him. “Lay it on me, Doctor.”

– – – –

Jeannie’s fingers were shaking as she unfolded the letter she’d received by messenger. “It’sthat son of a bitch!”

“What?” David questioned.

“He’s been offered a job in the US and he’s suing me for custody of Madison and Max.” Jeannie bit down on her lip. “This isare they going to try to use my babies against Mer?”

David grimaced and pulled the letter from her fingers. “If they get them into the US, your government can’t protect them and the deal that your brother made with the PM will mean nothing.” He read it over and then tossed it aside. “So, it looks like there are some people maneuvering in the US that is beyond what the President has agreed to. He agreed to leave you and your kids alone.”

“But there are organizations that won’t honor that agreement,” Jeannie whispered and then brushed tears from her face. “Right? I mean there are even government agencies that the President can’t control and then there are other countries we to have to worry about. What about the North Koreans or the Russians? Russia is pissed about the US withdrawal from the IOA.”

“Hey, it’s okay. I’m here and nothing is going to happen to you on my watch.”

“But you want to go to Pegasus with your brother,” Jeannie whispered. “And I don’t blame you—if I didn’t have Madison and Max it wouldn’t even be a choice at this point.”

“I think because of them you have to seriously consider it. No matter what assurances the politicians offer McKay and my brother—there are those who would seek to use you against them, against him. I don’t know what they would do if that happened but I don’t imagine it would be pretty. Their technology is pretty fucking scary and your kids could get caught in the cross fire.”

Jeannie nodded and scrubbed her face with both hands. “I want to resent him for this but it’s not his fault. He didn’t ask to be abandoned in another galaxy.”

“No, but they did choose to stay there. They did choose to make alliances that make returning to Earth damned near impossible,” David murmured. “You can’t think that I don’t feel the same way. My brother chose to never come home. The only reason they are here now is because the SGC contacted them first and they are really pretty pissed about being here at all.”

She nodded. “Yeah, I got that. Mer has never been able to keep his emotions off his face but I don’t resent him. That’s the problem.” She looked at the letter on the table. “Kaleb has never even held Max. I was eight months pregnant when I found out he was sleeping with his TA.” Jeannie rubbed her mouth in frustration. “I’ve been doing some consulting work for the SGC, that’s how I’m making ends meet. Colonel Carter has done a lot for me—to keep my work on a need to know basis and provide me with some income to take care of my kids.”

“He’s never held his son?” David demanded in a harsh whisper and then straightened away from the counter. “We have little feet heading this way.”

Madison Miller appeared in the doorway of the kitchen a few seconds later. “Mama, Max is awake but he’s not crying yet.”

“I’ll get him.” David moved towards the door.

“He’ll need to be changed,” Jeannie protested.

He laughed. “I think I can swing it. I believe you promised us French toast last night. Isn’t that right, Maddie?”

“Yep.” Madison nodded resolutely. “She sure did.”

David found Max Miller on his feet clutching the bars on his crib. The six month old grinned and lifted one arm to wave which made him lose his balance. He fell on his butt with an impatient huff. David pulled out the radio John had given him. “John?”

“Yeah?” the sleepy voice on the other end amused him.

“Sorry to wake you up big brother but I could use a conversation. Can you beam to the room I’m in?”

“Not a problem,” John murmured.

David shoved the radio into his jeans, plucked Max out of his prison, and carried him to the changing able. He had the kid naked when John appeared a few feet from him. “Her ex-husband is a problem.”

John glanced from his brother to the wiggling infant. “You’re changing diapers?”

“Not the first time,” David responded. He plucked out a few wipes from a box and washed the kid down efficiently. “I’ve dated a few women with children.” He pulled out a diaper and some clothes from the side table and started to dress Max. “Kaleb Miller. He showed up yesterday morning claiming that a neighbor reported I was staying here to him. He copped an attitude but I’m bigger than he is and he backed off without causing a big scene.”

“Okay.” John leaned against the wall. “And then?”

“This morning she gets a letter from a lawyer. The English professor has been offered a job in the US and he’s suing for custody of the kids including this guy who apparently he’s never even met.” David tied little sneakers onto the kid’s kicking feet and then picked him up. The baby sighed and rubbed his face against David’s neck contentedly. “So, what organizations does she need to worry about that the President of the United States and the Prime Minister of Canada can’t protect her from?”

“I don’t know but I’ll have Ally do some data mining and find out.” John reached out and touched Max. “Hey, kiddo.” He smiled when Max offered him a shy smile. “He likes you. You’re safe for him.”

David blinked in surprise. “You’re getting that from him?”

“Yeah, babies are pretty easy to keep happy and their emotions are simple at this stage. You make him feel safe, content. It’s all pretty instinctual and kids have great instincts.” John shrugged when he realized David was blushing. “You’re doing a pretty good job of making everyone in this house feel that way. Jeannie is worried but not so much about her physical safety.”

“She’s an interesting person,” David admitted.

“Intensely smart, arrogant, confident, and so vulnerable it makes your gut ache just looking at her,” John murmured. “I think that runs in the family actually.”

David rubbed Max’s back and exhaled sharply. “Send me down a laptop and get me something to look at concerning this mess. I’d also like a very thorough background on Kaleb Miller, including his financials and the name of the woman he’s screwing.”

“Atlas will get you up to speed.” John clicked his radio and disappeared in a flash of light.

book 2 vignette chapter 10

Chapter 10

 

Elizabeth stepped through the gate and into the gate room of Atlantis without a break in stride. Patrick Sheppard was standing at the top of the stairs that led to the second level where her office was. “Admiral.”

“Just Patrick at this point, I think.” He rubbed the back of his neck in a manner reminiscent of his son and shrugged. “I’ve been trying to get one of these kids you have roaming around here to give me a tour of the mainland but they just keep smiling at me and thanking me for coming out.”

Elizabeth laughed softly. “They are pleased because it will make the General happy.” She motioned towards her office. “Carson tells me you’re refusing a physical. Be fortunate you’re who you are because anyone else would have already gotten carried bodily to the medlab.” She glanced around the men in uniform around the room. “John’s soldiers don’t want to get on your bad side.”

Once in her office, she settled behind her desk and stretched her back. “Ally.”

Ally appeared by the large window in Elizabeth’s office. “Dr. Weir, welcome back. Your schedule is clear for the day.”

She frowned and reached out for a datapad on her otherwise bare desk. “I thought I had a meeting with Teyla and the trader’s union on the mainland.”

Ally glanced briefly at Patrick and then shook her head. “You’ve worked thirty-seven straight days, Dr. Weir. I spoke with Administrator Emmagan and rearranged the meeting. Well, I did give them the option of having me mediate the issue. They chose to wait for you.”

Elizabeth grinned. “I bet they did.” She turned to Patrick. “The last time Ally mediated a meeting in the Trade Union—they were grounded from off world travel for three months for being assholes.”

Patrick chuckled. “Well, since you’re not allowed to work—how about lunch?”

Elizabeth quirked an eyebrow. “Not until you’ve completed a full physical exam.” She inclined her head. “You don’t honestly think you’ve kept your heart condition from John?”

Patrick sighed. “It’s not that big of a deal.”

“It’s a big enough deal that you’ve been put on a desk at the Pentagon. They don’t take a man of your experience off his ship against his will if he’s healthy. My people already have copies of your medical records from Earth and while Dr. Beckett has demonstrated a great deal of patience, you can’t even think we’re going to let you to continue to dodge him.”

“I’m on medication for it. I don’t…”

“If you die on our watch because you’re being a stubborn jerk John would never forgive me,” Elizabeth said and stood up. “So, let’s go get a health scan for you and then we can endure Carson working up a healing plan for you. He’s very serious about such things.”

“Healing plan?” Patrick repeated. “Wait, you mean like when John healed my burned hand? You can heal my heart?”

“We can try,” Elizabeth clarified. “There have been times when we’ve run across conditions that we can’t get a handle on. The Ancients were an essentially perfect people genetically. They weren’t prone to problems like we have. We can heal physical damage but genetic issues are a different matter altogether.”

– – – –

David rolled off the couch, his weapon firmly in hand. Jeannie had given him a guest room but being on the bottom floor of the house gave him an advantage – an advantage that was about to come in pretty damned handy. It took him seconds to pin Kaleb Miller to the floor in the front of the house, keys he shouldn’t even have had clattering on the floor.

He pressed a gun to the man’s forehead after he flipped him over. “How much did they pay you to sell out your own kids?”

Miller jerked his head in an effort to get away from the gun. “I don’t know…”

“Don’t even bother,” David hissed. “You haven’t even tried to see them since your divorce. Your son doesn’t even know what your face looks like.” He lifted off of him. “And now you break into your ex-wife’s house. For what purpose? You couldn’t have gotten Maddie out of the house without her making noise. So, the baby? You were going to take a six month old and turn him over to strangers? Your own son?”

Miller scooted back on his ass until he hit the wall near the still open front door. “Who are you and what are you doing with my family?”

“I already told you my name,” David returned evenly. “As for the wife and kids you threw away—I’m protecting them. Something you should be doing. Whatever they promised youit isn’t going to happen because you aren’t getting anywhere near Jeannie or her kids. Understood?”

“I’m their father and I’m entitled…”

“To make money off of them?” Jeannie asked from the stairs. “God, Kaleb, really? Do you even know what you’re doing?” She sat down on the top stair and shook her head. “Did they tell you what they wanted?”

“Something about your brother,” Kaleb snapped. “It isn’t like I give a fuck about that arrogant prick. They just want leverage against him. They aren’t going to hurt you or the kids.”

“I can’t believe you’re so fucking stupid,” Jeannie hissed and jumped up from the stairs. “Get out and don’t ever come back!”

“You don’t have a job and your trust fund is almost depleted,” Kaleb shouted. “The courts will side with me. I’ll get them, Jeannie. What has your brother ever done for you? The money they are offering could put both of our kids through college.”

“Leave,” David pushed him towards the door.

“Are you fucking my wife?” Miller demanded as he jerked his arm free of David.

“What I do with your ex-wife is none of your business.” David shoved him out on the porch and slammed the door. He took a deep breath and locked all of the doors. He felt the heat of her before she actually touched him, her small hand pressing hesitantly against the small of his back. “Did the kids wake up?”

“Max did but he went back to sleep,” Jeannie murmured and leaned against him, pressing her face against his shoulder blade. “I can’tI can’t stay here, can I? If the father of my children would sell them to use against my brother…” her breath hitched. “We won’t ever be safe anywhere.”

“You’ll be safe with me,” David whispered and let his head rest against the door. It had been six months since he’d had a woman as close to him as Jeannie McKay was. It was both a pleasure and a torture. Her sweet smell and the soft heat of her body were another reminder of how he’d deprived himself of just by doing his job. “It won’t take much for us to find a place on Lantea with John and Rodney. I won’t let anyone or anything hurt you or those kids.”

“You don’t even know me.”

“I know enough,” David returned shortly. “We need to pack for the kids. Essentials for now. Pack things that might be difficult to replace on Atlantis short term. Pack things that will be familiar to them to help them settle in. Favorite toys—clothes. Things that mean Earth. We can go through the gate on board Atlas right to Atlantis so they won’t be on the ship for the trip back to Pegasus.”

– – – –

Madison Miller leaned into David Sheppard as they materialized in the gate room of Atlas. She looked around with wide blue eyes and curled her fingers into the leg of his jeans. David picked her up and shared a glance with Jeannie. “Where is the General?”

“He’s on his way down, sir.” The soldier standing near the large console stood up. “Some little kids freak out a little at the gate activation.” He jerked his head towards a door. “Would you like to take them onto the observation deck while I establish contact with Atlantis?”

Jeannie looked around the crates they’d packed quickly. Her whole life was packed away in six large plastic crates. She blinked rapidly to keep tears at bay and nodded when David looked her way. “That would be good. We can see Earth?”

The soldier’s expression softened. “Yes, ma’am, of course. I’ll let the General and Dr. McKay know you’ll be there.”

David nodded. “Thanks.”

– – – –

“I want him dead,” Rodney hissed and then took a deep breath to calm himself down. “But that’s not civilized. I know that.”

John laughed sadly. “I like you uncivilized and if you want I’ll go down there right now and kill him so hard his ancestors will feel it.”

Rodney huffed dramatically but some of the tension bled out of his face as they walked down the hall towards the ship’s gate room. “It’s good that your brother was there—I don’t know how bad it would’ve been otherwise. I should’ve put PIDs in all three of them the first time I was down there.”

The small observation deck just off the gate room provided an excellent view of Earth. Madison was leaning against the window wide-eyed and breathless when John and Rodney entered. Jeannie was leaning against David, and Max was asleep on his shoulder.

John figured that his family must have some kind of built in weakness to people named McKay because David was radiating ‘back off’ and ‘mine’ like no one’s business.

“We’ve established a connection with Atlantis,” John murmured and squatted down beside Madison. “Hey, kiddo. That’s a pretty awesome view, huh?”

Madison nodded. “Doesn’t look dirty from up here.”

“No, it doesn’t,” John agreed.

She turned and focused on him. “We’re going to go live with you because there are bad people on Earth who’ll hurt us.”

John ignored Jeannie’s harsh in-take of breath. “Well, your Uncle Rodney and I did invite you to come live with us because we have this great place to live and we’ve missed our families while we were gone from Earth. We’re just both really lucky that your mom agreed.”

“And the bad people?”

“I don’t let bad people hurt my family,” John informed her seriously and touched her cheek gently. “You know I married your Uncle Rodney. That makes you my family.”

Madison smiled slyly. “Men can get married in Canada, too. That’s because we’re civilized. Are you and Uncle Rodney gay together? No one gets mad on your world about that, right? Because that would be bad.”

John laughed. “We are lucky to live and work beside really amazing people who are also quite civilized.” He tapped her nose. “I love your Uncle Rodney more than anything in the whole universe.”

“That’s a lot.”

“It is,” John conceded. “Are you ready to go to your new home now?”

“Will it be scary?”

“Nope, it will be fun and exciting and Ally can’t wait to meet you. Why don’t you take a nap, sweetheart?” John picked her up easily and she almost immediately let her head rest on his shoulder.

“John?” Jeannie asked alarmed as Madison fell asleep.

“Going through a wormhole can be disorienting—but going through a wormhole to another galaxy is beyond jarring,” John admitted. “You don’t see anything or even feel anything but when you first step onto Atlantis there is going to be some disconnection and this feeling that you’re lost something. Especially for you guys since this is your first trip through a gate at all.”

David transferred Max to Jeannie and took Madison from his brother. “How long will she sleep?”

“An hour or less,” John touched Max and the baby sniffled—his body going lax in his mother’s arms. “Just long enough for you guys to get through a medical scan and my people are waiting on the other side for you.”

Jeannie looked at Rodney. “Mer?”

“Everything will be fine and…” He sighed. “Thank you for not fighting me on this. I’ll take care of the house and any bills you might have left behind.”

“What about Kaleb?”

Rodney frowned. “What about him?”

Jeannie sighed. “He’s an asshole, Meredith, but that doesn’t mean I’d like you to kill him or have him maimed for life.”

“He tried to sell his children,” John pointed out. “That transcends asshole and moves toward utter bastard territory.”

“And now he’ll never see them again.” She patted Max as she spoke. “He’ll never see his son at all. I think that’s punishment enough in the long run.”

Rodney looked at her with narrow eyes. “I won’t kill him or send someone down to do it for me no matter how much it should be done. I imagine he’s going to protest with the government when he realizes you’re gone but Elizabeth has already made it clear she won’t even entertain the idea of returning any of you to Earth against your will.”

John reached out and touched her shoulder. “We’ll take care of you, Jeannie, if you’ll let us. When you go on Atlantis—our people, the family we chose to make in Pegasus will be waiting you. They’re all excited to meet you and will help you in any way they can. Don’t hesitate to ask if you need something and we have people to talk to if you need thatKate Heightmeyer is in charge of putting refugees at ease in our society and I guess you qualify as that.”

She smiled but her eyes welled with tears. “Thank you, John.”

– – – –

David frowned down at his father. The last thing he’d expected was to find him in a medical pod. “What happened?”

Carson Beckett cleared his throat. “He hasn’t filled out medical files so I can’t divulge his private…” He paused when David focused hard green eyes on him. He knew those eyes well enough to know he was treading fast and hard on the Sheppard temper. “He will be fine when he comes out of the pod, lad. I did some tests on him and found a condition that concerned me enough that I chose not to wait for a healing team.”

“His heart?” David questioned letting his hand rest on the glass of the pod. “He said it wasn’t badhe lied to me, right?”

Carson flushed. “I believe parents always try to protect their children from things that could be perceived as hurtful. He will come out of the pod as perfect as we can make him without gene therapy.”

David nodded. “I wantwill you contact me when he’s ready to come out? I’d like to be here.”

“As long as you promise not to show your arse,” Carson returned evenly. “Just because I fixed all of his little issues doesn’t mean I want you to upset the man.”

“Doc, I haven’t picked a fight with my daddy since I was sixteen. I just want to…” He trailed off. “I need to hear him talk to me, that’s all.”

“Understood. Get with Colonel Lorne and he’ll assign you a radio to use and teach you how to filter through the different channels.”

David let himself be led out of the infirmary by the soldier that had greeted him and Jeannie at the gate. They’d all been given a full health work up but he’d stayed behind to check on his father. He appreciated the concern John’s people were demonstrating towards him and the McKays. “Where are Dr. McKay and the kids?”

“We’ve arranged an apartment in the tower where the General and our Dr. McKay are housed,” the soldier offered. “Your father already has a suite of rooms in the tower and he made mention that you’d probably stay at least short term with him and Dr. Sheppard. If you find you want your own quarters—it won’t be a problem but you’ll probably have to be housed out of the family tower unless you can convince McKay to move his private lab.”

David chuckled. “I’ll be fine with my father for the time being…” He glanced over the man’s rank insignia and sighed. “Can you get me a copy of your military code so I can figure out rank structures and all of that?”

“We kept the Marine Corps ranking system, sir, since most of the Earth soldiers were US Marines.” He paused at the transporter. “You’re a Navy SEAL, sir?”

“Yes.” David lifted an eyebrow when the soldier just nodded and entered the transporter. “I hate to ask but are you from Earth or…”

“Not.” The man answered with a small sad smile. “I’m Athosian by birth and Lantean by choice. I’ve been with the expedition since the beginning though—first working as a field guide and then joining the Lantean Space Command when it was formed. We have a few people from Earth that were in the Navy before coming to Atlantis. I know a great deal about the military structures of Earth.” He pointed at the small silver slivers on his collar. “My rank is Sergeant. I’ll get you a copy of our military code—I think I can scrounge up a tablet PC for you to use until you’re assessed for the gene therapy.”

David nodded but didn’t say anything else until they were beamed to a different part of the city. “Did you transfer all of the things for the kids to their quarters?”

“Yes, of course. We wanted to make sure the children were as comfortable as possible. We were able to secure furniture for their bedrooms already. Children areprecious on Lantea, Commander Sheppard.” He prodded him down a hallway and the city avatar appeared in front of them. “Is something wrong, Ally?”

“Sergeant Korr, you are needed in the central tower. Your younger brother has dialed in from New Athos and is requesting you.” Ally inclined her head towards David. “I will see to Commander Sheppard.”

David watched the younger man trot off at a swift pace and turned to stare at the avatar. “I hope nothing is wrong.”

Ally inclined her head. “New Athos is unprotected because they chose to protest the life we’re building on Lantea but many Lanteans have family connections. Sergeant Korr is one of them. He was…” Ally sighed. “Sergeant Korr inherited some traits from his father that were the result of Wraith experimentation.”

“He has Wraith DNA?” David questioned, neutrally. “And his people shunned him when they found out?”

“Something like that, yes. His younger brother was spared the taint as their people call it but over the last few months has dialed into the city to speak with his brother. I do not know what the results will be for Davyn or his brother Gregor but I hope that Gregor will join us. I’ve issued an invitation to him personally. It would please Davyn to reclaim some of his blood family.”

David followed the avatar down the hall. “You look real, solid.”

She turned and smiled at him—bright eyed and shining white teeth. “Yes, I figured it would make you feel more at ease. I can take on many different appearances. The children will see me and I figured they would bemore comfortable if I looked normal to them as well—at least until they adjust to their new lives.”

He couldn’t disagree with that. “Do you have a problem with us being here?”

“John isthe First Citizen.” Ally paused and said nothing for a few seconds. “His happiness is important to me but you descend from my creator, David. Your gene isn’t all that different from your brothers.”

“And our father?” David questioned.

“Your father,” Ally grinned then. “Is something altogether different—stronger actually. Your mother is the descendant from Joral—but you and your brothers get your unusually strong genes from your father because he’s half-Alteran.”

David’s mouth dropped open. “Excuse me?”

“As far as I can tell his mother was an Alteran,” Ally continued. “I’ve been researching your family for years and will be happy to discuss this with you all at a later date. Regardless, it explains so much about your brothers and you.” She paused in front of a door. “This is where Jeannie and the children are. I assumed you’d wish to check on them. Your father’s quarters are one flight of stairs up—directly above. Matthew is also staying there. He is currently in the science labs. The door has already been keyed to you so you won’t have a problem getting settled.”

“Thank you.” David waved a hand over the door sensor and relaxed when the door opened immediately to reveal Jeannie. “Hey.”

She smiled and offered him her hand. “We have a great view and there’s an extra bedroom so you can stay with us…” She blushed. “Unless you’re staying elsewhere? They didn’t bring your duffle with the rest of our things.”

“They put it in the quarters my father has on the floor above you,” David explained as she led him to a pair of double doors and out to a balcony. “Is this safe for the kids?”

Ally appeared at his side in an instant. “Of course, there are shields in place to prevent falls.”

Jeannie glanced briefly at the avatar and then focused on David. “The city has allocated resources for us because we don’t have the gene. If I don’t qualify for the gene therapy—I’ll have to move to the mainland but there are labs on the mainland for scientists who can’t work in the city because of physical problems.”

“You and Rodney are twinsso it shouldn’t be a problem, right?” David questioned.

Ally quirked an eyebrow. “We’ll see. We’re already processing your scan results from the medlab and Carson is running a full panel of tests on your genomes. I’ve already requested ATA suppression devices for Madison and Max. They both have active ATA genes. It was a surprise—I didn’t expect them to be gene carriers because Dr. McKay didn’t have one.”

“Do they have to wear the bracelets?”

“Yes, if they are to remain in the city. It’s for their protection—there are times when I can’t focus my attention on those in the city and I wouldn’t want Madison to wander into part of the city that was dangerous because I’m distracted by an off-world matter. The bracelet will act as a tether of a sort—preventing her from certain rooms and labs as well as alerting security to her position if she is lost. Also, it will allow me to continuously monitor their health.” She gave them both a brief nod and then disappeared.

David leaned against the railing of the balcony. “Do you want me to stay in your spare bedroom?”

Jeannie blushed and bit down on her lip. “I think that Maddie would feel safer if you did.”

David laughed softly and reached out to touch her arm. “Come on, now.” He pulled her towards him. “If you want me to stay with you, Jean, just be a big girl about it and ask me.”

Jeannie huffed dramatically as she came to rest against him, her hands flat on his all too nice chest. “I’m on another planet in a different galaxyand my kids and you are the only things out here that mean Earth to me. Not even my own brother means that me. I trust he’ll take care of me but until a few days ago I hadn’t talked to Mer in nearly ten years. He didn’t even come home when I had Madison.”

“So you’re saying I’m less a stranger than your own brother.”

“For the moment,” Jeannie hedged. “AndI’d feel safer if you were close by but I understand if you want to stay with your father instead. I don’t want to interfere with your family.”

“John made it pretty clear that he considers you and the kids his family.” David ran hand down her arm in an effort to soothe her. “You can build a new life here, Jeannie. Away from your asshat ex-husband and surrounded by people who will value your intelligence. Sure, things may be dangerous here but Earth was no better what with the threat of the Ori.”

Jeannie couldn’t disagree with that. She sighed and let her face rest on his chest. “Fine, I want you to stay in my spare bedroom because I’m scared and I feel powerless. Atlantis is like nothing I’ve ever seen before and the people make me nervous. Everyone is wearing a weapon—even people I think are scientists.” Her fingers curled against his chest and she shuddered. “It’sjustso crazy.”

“I’ll stay,” David whispered and pressed a kiss against her forehead. “But I have to tell you—every single person on this city is going to think I’m banging you.”

Jeannie laughed abruptly and looked up at him with bright blue eyes sparkling with amusement and devilment. “Good, maybe the women on this city will leave you alone.”

“You think that’s a problem?”

“You’re attractive and maybe exotic since you’re the brother of their military leader.” Jeannie waved a hand and exhaled sharply when David grabbed it and pulled her closer. “And I have a readymade family, a few stretch marks, and I’m older than you and maybe you don’t want that kind of…”

He shut her up with his mouth. She gasped in surprise but let him pull her closer and kiss the hell out of her. She was shaking when he lifted his head. “Do you always babble when you’re freaking out?”

“Yes, and sometimes when I’m excited or nervous or scared or really happy.” Jeannie blushed when he laughed and then licked her bottom lip. “And in bed—I talk a lot in bed.”

David grinned. “I can’t wait to find out.” He pulled her in for another kiss but paused just before their mouths touched. “I’m not playing a game with you—I wouldn’t do that to you or your kids.”

“I don’t want you to think I’m doing this because you’re great with my kids—I’m being kind of selfish here because you’re so pretty,” Jeannie informed him solemnly.

“That’s excellent news,” David murmured and kissed her softly. He lifted his head. “My daddy will be pleased to know his genes have given me such an advantage in life.”

– – – –

“We have a serious problem.”

Rodney glanced up from the report he was reading and looked at Adrien Bristow with mild curiosity. “You mean you have a problem. I solved my problem a few hours ago—and you’ve been notified and now you have a problem.”

Bristow exhaled sharply and looked away pointedly. “I had to have Dr. Kaleb Miller taken into custody to prevent him from having a news conference where he was going to accuse the IOA of kidnapping his wife and children.”

“I’ll be happy to get on television and tell everyone that I rescued my sister and her children from being used in a nefarious plot against me.”

John snorted from his place on a small couch on the other side of the room. He didn’t bother to look up from his datapad. “It’s always gotta be just about you, McKay.”

Rodney glared at him. “You’re lucky I love you. That being said I’m not above shaving your head while you sleep.”

Bristow started laughing when John visibly paled.

“That’s not even funny, Rodney.” John glared at him—clearly affronted. “I don’tyou know I always make sure your datapads are up to date and I always request your coffee first. It’s really inconsiderate of you to threaten something so important to me.” He glanced at the still laughing Prime Minister of Canada. “I can see the new has rubbed off, sir.”

Adrien laughed. “I’m just really glad to see that Rodney hasn’t changed all of that much considering the events of the last five years. He was always my favorite pain in the ass. I hated it when he joined the SGC.”

John smirked and went back to his datapad. “The US President is calling a press conference. Will you be attending or will you be holding your own?”

“I’m attending his,” Adrien admitted. “I’d rather have my own but the SGC is the bailiwick of the US and the history of the Stargate program rests there. I figure he has the obligation to tell the world how fucked up the IOA is being and take some responsibility for what Landry did to the expedition.”

Rodney just laughed and then set aside the report. “Okay, I’ll meet with Kaleb Miller. I suppose he’s here?”

“Him and his three lawyers. He suddenly has a lot of money behind him,” Bristow admitted. “He’s threatening to sue everyone.”

“He already squandered my money,” Rodney returned evenly. “My sister barely managed to pay for her PhD classes. I’m surprised she was able to defend her dissertation in the midst of all of his bullshit and giving birth all by herself.”

– – – –

“I want my kids.”

Rodney hated Kaleb Miller but appreciated his direct approach to the conversation. He continued to play with his coffee—getting it just so while the lawyers from various governments and the IOA tried to all speak at once. When he was done with his coffee, he sat back in his chair. “No.”

“Excuse me,” Kaleb demanded.

“I don’t trust you, Dr. Miller. I never have—you’re a thoughtless, arrogant prick. You didn’t even bother to see your son when he was born. Thanks to you—my sister gave birth alone and barely managed to cover child care for Madison while she was in the hospital. You took most of the money I gave her and used it to buy your mistress presents and a fancy apartment.” Rodney glared at him as everyone else in the room started to shuffle around. “There is nothing and no one on this entire planet that can make me do a fucking thing. So this meeting is really a waste of time. Jeannie, Madison, and Maxwell are on Lantea—we sent them through the stargate hours ago. And I’ll do everything within my considerable power to persuade my sister to stay on Lantea for the rest of her natural life.”

“She is my wife!”

“She is your ex-wife,” Rodney returned. “And you don’t have visitation rights—you’ve never paid child support. You dumped your wife and your kids—then tried to sell them—to whom I don’t know.” He paused and his gaze drifted around the room. “You can be sure I’ll find out eventually.”

“This is a waste of time. I’m going to start legal proceedings.” Kaleb started to stand and John laughed. “What?”

“You’re going to sue us? What will that do? Do you think the US military will launch a ship to go to another galaxy to take one woman and two children from Atlantis? They don’t even know what planet we are on in Pegasus. Even if they did—your Prime Minister and the US President are currently more concerned with getting help with the Ori threat.” John rocked back in his chair and stared at him. “You’re insignificant.”

“Do you think you’re above the laws of this planet?” One of the lawyers demanded. “Your people are going to sign a treaty with the UN. We can appeal to them.”

“You can appeal to anyone you want,” John returned evenly and then focused on Kaleb. “Your girlfriend’s name is Stephanie. You also regularly trade sex for grades with ten different women and three young men on the campus where you teach. You never wanted kids and resented the hell out of Jeannie when she got pregnant for the second time. You were also quite irritated when she transferred money out of your account that Rodney gave her to pay for her education and wouldn’t give you access to it. You took what was left of the money and bailed on your marriage. You hid assets during the divorce and haven’t paid a single dollar of the court ordered child support since your divorce was final. You didn’t ask for visitation rights because you frankly can’t stand Madison and you figure Max won’t be interesting until he’s old enough to wipe his own ass.”

Kaleb Miller was pale and shaking. “How in the hell…”

“I’m reading your simple little mind,” John snapped. “I know two-year-old children more complicated than you.” He leaned forward. “You can hold press conferences, you can sue whoever the fuck you like but I’ll kill you before you’ll get near Jeannie’s kids again.”

John stood abruptly and held out his hand for McKay who took it and stood without a word. “Prime Minister Bristow, we’ll be monitoring the press conference from Atlas. I believe Dr. Weir will be back on the ship and ready to meet with you and President Hayes as planned.” He clicked his radio and they disappeared in a flash of light.

– – – –

“You okay?”

Sam Carter shook her head. “I should’ve argued more—lied to them about the success of the anti-pryor device in the field. I didn’t think it would hurt Sheppard or McKay but I shouldn’t have taken such a risk with them. It could’ve hurt them both badly.”

Jack O’Neill sighed. “Hayes withdrew from the IOA officially twenty minutes ago and he’s holding a press conference. The Atlantis Expedition mission documents are being released immediately after he’s done. It’s the final part of the SGC to be declassified beyond technology details and stuff that we can’t ever tell anyone because it’s so insane or fucked up or worse.”

Sam nodded and finally looked at Jack O’Neill. “You got it, right?”

“Yeah.” Jack sighed and looked around Sam’s kitchen. “I’m not surprised but I understand. I don’t want to lose you, Sam.”

“You have me, Jack.” She blushed and laughed when he quirked an eyebrow at her. “I can do that now.”

Jack grinned. “Yeah, you can. What do you want, Sam? Will you still work with us, for the program?”

“I think so. I’ll sign a contract if the President wants to hire me—I just can’t do it in uniform anymore.” Sam shrugged. “I have to be able to say no to bullshit without the fear of being put on trial and put in jail. It would also be pretty cool to be paid what I’m actually worth.”

“I can’t argue that.” Jack admitted and then reached out to snag her wrist. He just laughed when she squeaked in surprise. He hauled her close and kissed her right on the mouth. When he lifted his head she was staring at him—wide-eyed and startled. “What? I can do that now.” He rubbed her bottom lip thoughtfully with his thumb. “It isn’t even the first time.”

She scowled at him. “Youyou kissed me when you and Teal’c were in that time loop!”

“Yeah—half a dozen times. It was great.” Jack pulled her close and kissed her again. “If I didn’t have a strong sense of morality and Teal’c breathing down my neck I probably would’ve talked you into a closet.”

“That’s really unfair.”

“It was—he was horrible to me,” Jack complained and settled one hand on her hip. “It took six or eight more loops before I forgave him.”

“I mean that I don’t remember the other kisses, sir.” She blushed. “Jack.”

“Oh, Carter, you can still call me sir anytime you like,” Jack assured and prodded her against the wall. He hitched her right up off the floor and sighed when she gamely wrapped her legs around his waist. “I’ve wanted this since I set eyes on you. I didn’t even know I had a kink for dress uniforms until that day.”

She laughed and cupped the back of his head as he moved in close to kiss her. “Maybe I’ll wear it for you later.”

– – – –

“The UN wants to have an investigative discussion about the Atlantis Expedition,” Hayes said and shook his head. “There is very little I can do about that—but in the meantime, the US and Canada would like to sign a mutual non-aggression pact with the Lantean people and negotiate a trade deal.”

Elizabeth glanced between Hayes and Bristow briefly before settling back in her chair. She wiggled a little bit to get comfortable, Asgard furniture wasn’t really built for comfort. “And Great Britain?”

“Adrien and I will be meeting with the leaders of Great Britain and France individually. They are the most opposed to any kind of acknowledgement of your government and the most adamant about finding a way to force you to surrender Atlantis and all of your Ancient assets. The rest of the members of the former IOA are willing to play ball as long as we get to trade for advancements to fight the Ori.”

“I understand their motivations.” She glanced briefly at John who had insisted on beaming over to the Beowulf with her and then focused on Hayes. “Prepare a document and we’ll take the offer back to our people for discussion. It’ll have to be voted for by our council before we can formally commit resources. It won’t be a problem—we had a preliminary vote before we came to Earth. You can send us a transmission through the Ancient outpost.”

Hayes managed to contain his shock. “Excuse me?”

Elizabeth shrugged. “There is a subspace relay in the Ancient outpost. I doubt Colonel Carter will have a difficult time finding it if she tries. None of you ever bothered to look.”

“Dr. Carter resigned her commission from the Air Force,” Hayes admitted roughly. “I’m preparing a job offer for her in the hopes we’ll be able to keep her in the Stargate Program.”

Elizabeth smirked. “Don’t be surprised if she gets an offer from us.” She paused and then shrugged when Hayes’ mouth dropped open. “Don’t worry, Mr. President, I think Earth has something I can’t even begin to compete with when it comes to Sam Carter.”

– – – –

John sat down in the command chair of Atlas—relief settling into his bones. “Let’s go home, shall we?”

“Yeah,” Rodney agreed and touched his shoulder before gaining his own seat. “Home.”

 

The End

 

Author’s Notes:

Translations:

Primitus Civitas: The First City

 

Keira Marcos

In my spare time I write fan fiction and lead a cult of cock worshippers on Facebook. It's not the usual kind of hobby for a "domestic engineer" in her 30's but we live in a modern world and I like fucking with people's expectations.

307 Comments:

  1. Epic-planar-power

    Everything is beautiful.

  2. Thank you for this, I am looking forward to reading this!

  3. ok wow that was amazing.

  4. Amazing, I love it.

  5. This was just gorgeous, simply gorgeous. I would expound on all the funny parts I liked, the sass, the hotness, the complete assholery of the assholes, et cetera…but you know all about it. you wrote it. so i’ll just say again, it’s gorgeous and lovely and fantastic and thanks for sharing it.

  6. This is incredible!!!
    Thank you!

  7. oh fuck YES. This was just lovely, and sexy, and perfect. Bravo!!

  8. I didn’t want this to end, it was that awesome! I love this ‘Verse and the people who populate it. Thanks for sharing. 😀

  9. Brilliant!

  10. this was such an awesome way to distract me from worrying about job interviews. awesome as always <3

  11. Fab, just fab.

  12. Thanks so much. Wonderful as always.

  13. This is Just SO fucking awesome.

  14. I have just secretly hid out in the basement of my office building, pretending to do some work, and read this. It was well worth my deviant behaviour. So well worth. I’m seriously thinking I may have to come up with something else to factiously do so that I can covertly sneak off and re-read. So awesome. And my ovaries are exploding for (your version of) David Sheppard.

  15. Oh wow! I just logged on to re-read some of your other work and found this amazing surprise waiting instead!
    Brilliant as ever, and now I’m going back to read it all again 🙂
    Thank you so much for writing and posting.
    I am one very happy little minion!

  16. Ahhh such a perfect gift That was amazing thank you so much for sharing!

  17. In my head I’m still squeeing like a little girl. Awesome as always! What a wonderful thing to wake up to. *sends all the cookies* Thank you!

  18. Thank you Keira for sharing your talent with us.

  19. What a lovely surprise to find today! Wonderful, funny, beautiful!
    Cheers

  20. Really great work. I should do a ton of different work just about now – but I got caught in reading this amazing story. That’s life ….. and so my work has to wait… 🙂

  21. Oh my god oh my god oh my god. So wonderful. I LOVE your versions of John’s family, and am thrilled to see them show up in this universe. Thank you thank you thank you. I am a happy camper today.

  22. You are just SO awesome! I end up reading some of the dialogue out loud, just because I need to actually hear the tones of voice – your writing is just superb. Thank you!

  23. Thank you thank you thank you worthy of the almost five/six year long wait! This was just amazing!!!

  24. Thank you so much. That was a wonderful surprise today.

  25. Well that made my fucking month. I am so very, very happy to see the second book of this. Just as awesome as the first and damn you are wonderful

  26. *Throws more flowers and puts heart shaped cookies all around*
    I LOVED having another look into this verse! Thank you SO very much for your hard work!
    Just two questions, When the last work ended Miko was about to have a baby, was it a boy or a girl? and I would love to have read how Ally reacted to the first birth.
    But All love and thanks for these chapters and the wonderful look into their lives!!!!

  27. I woke up to this in my in box and all I can say is thank the gods I didn’t have to work today because I would have been too distracted! Another wonderful offering. You have become one of my favorite authors simply because you bring people to life just the way I have always imagined them to be. And especially the way you express the emotions of these people (not characters, people!) in your stories. Thank you for the embarrassment of riches you have given us between your site and rough trade. Sorry if I come across as a fan girl. I can only say that my best friends have always been the people in the books I read, and yours are some of the best. 🙂

  28. Ok, three hours later I guess I am going to hav to actually do work now.
    Thank you so much for this. It was a wild ride from start to finish. Earth has a lot of assholes who clearly have no idea who they are dealing with. Love how you worked to get the families on Atlantis. And if I were J McKay, I would definitely want to climb all over the hot Navy Seal that took down my exhusband like a badass. Whew.

  29. Lovely story and a fantastic way to start the day. I think I’m gonna have to read it at least a couple more times before I can be sure I didn’t go through too fast and miss stuff. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  30. Omg, this was such an amazing thing to read. Thank you!

  31. This is brilliant. Thank you for the awesome Easter presie. Or Spring Equinox. Or Ostara. Whatever!

    Less fattening than chocolate eggs, not to mention far more entertaining!

    Right. Think I will go back and read it all again.

  32. *grins and sighs* Such a perfect ending. Not pesting at all, but I will be waiting as patiently as possible for more. After all none of us ever like to see a story end . Especially such a well written one.

  33. Oh my. That takes away my whole motivation for everything I had planned tomorrow.

    I will BATHE in this.

    You are the Easter Bunny of my dreams gg.

  34. There is no finer thing in this or any other ‘verse than to wake up and find new Kiera-fic in my inbox. To find Book 2 of Lantean Legacy, however, was fucking AWESOME.

  35. thorins_mistress

    EEEEEE! I was a bad girl and read this while I am at work. Because it (and you) are so awesome that I couldn’t wait. Goddess, I love the snark and I aspire to be as badass as your characters!

  36. You brightened my day, thanks. Today I really needed it.

    I absolutely loved reading it. I think I will wait until the end of the April Rough Trade posts to go back and read again both the first book and this one.

  37. Epic and awesome in every single way!

  38. This was all beautiful and amazing and I have so many questions, specifically about how the culture of Lantea (art, theatre, music, and literature) has developed in the past three years, and also about how education is being handled on all levels. Again this was absolutely beautiful and thank you for posting it

  39. Absolutely perfect. I shouldn’t be amazed at your creativity but I can still be awed by the imagination you have in creating new worlds. I love your John and Rodney so much. I’ll be back soon to reread more slowly.

    Such a treat on this rainy day!

  40. just amazing

  41. I want to be Jeannie McKay and wrap myself around that sweet and caring hunk of man. Damn. Doesn’t mind stretchmarks, likes kids and is badass, what more does a hetero woman may want? The rest of the story is wonderful too but that took the crown. And I’m not even into reading het relationships!

  42. I was just trying to figure out which of your stories I was going to reread when I saw this! So exciting. Amazing as always. Thank you so much for sharing your creativity and hard work with all of us.

    I love that they’re getting to reconnect with their families and I’m looking forward to what happens next (with this and so many of your other stories.)

  43. Awesome!!! 🙂 This is 100% pure awesome! Thank you so much for writing and sharing this. You made my whole week by posting this.

  44. I adored this from start to finish … It was an unexpected treat to curl up with at the end of my teaching term 🙂

    Thanks for sharing!

  45. Thank you, it was wonderful.

  46. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

  47. Jennifer_Carroll

    You’re a goddess. I’m going to go read this two or three more times now. Thank you!

  48. Fantastic read – well worth the long night awaiting me because I didn’t do my reports due tomorrow. I’m a little giddy right now, I loved everything in the story, and I’ll be back to comment after a re-reading after finishing my (very late) job.
    Thank you, Keira!

  49. Loved it, thanks for the great read!

  50. The last 5 hours of work were almost unbearable since the email notification that this existed and I couldn’t read it. I knew it would be awesome but holy shit! I giggled like a school girl, flailed down the phone to my best friend and quite probably grinned like a loon all afternoon at work.

    Thank you so very much for this. I appreciate the heck out of it 😀

  51. Thanks for sharing this. As hexe said, you are the very best Easter Bunny.

  52. Thank you thank you thank you
    Snoopy dance of happiness

    Damn I read that too quick

    Reading again

  53. Absolutely amazing! I love your writing, no matter the fandom, but I think your SGA stories are my favorite. This was just wonderful!

  54. Thank you for another wonderful story!

  55. Oh man this was just amazing. Thanks for the lovely easter gift and now I have to reread lantean legacy book 1 and then read this again.

  56. Wonderful, as always. Sigh. I need to learn how to read slower.

  57. That was an awesome ride, totally fantastic.

  58. you made my day. absolutely fabulous and worth the wait.

  59. I always liked this version of the Atlantis story. Okay, not better than Ties that Bind, but still.

    And this was a wonderful sequel and continued what I liked so much about No Enemies. Thank you.

  60. That was amazing. It astounds me that so many short sighted people thought that the Lantean’s owed them something. I can’t choose between all of your different AUs to say that this is my favorite, but I truly love Ally, Theseus, Atlas and the rest. Thank you for writing and sharing.

  61. This was wonderful, thanks for sharing with us!

  62. Thank you so much! That was absolutely amazing!

  63. i love that we both agree my country is a controlling jackass

  64. I was supposed to do other things today but found this in my email and read this instead. It was wonderful and now the rest of my day is shot because I’m now going to reread the first story before coming back and reading this again.*minion problems* thank you for corrupting my schedule lol

  65. Well. That was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon. This series is absolutely lovely.

  66. I love you… in a noncreepy, non-bunny boiling sort of way.

  67. So awesome. I love how John and Rodney interacted with each other and their families.

  68. I read the first book again for the 20th or such time yesterday and then there was suddenly this up – talk about perfect timing.

    It’s great and I am looking forward to more Earth-ass kicking.

  69. shadowsedge17@hotmail.com

    awesome lovely sweet

  70. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
    Day wasn’t that great and somehow I saw that you had an update to the website… a NEW STORY!!!!
    So I signed on and read, and read and read. Now I have to find food…
    I’m having a much better day. THANK YOU!
    All the internet cookies, and cake and chocolate and coffee to you.

  71. I loved every moment of this 😀

    Thank you!

  72. So I had serious, real plans to actually go into campus today and be a productive grad student. Then I woke up and saw this was posted and those plans evaporated into thin air, haha. I think spending my day re-reading No Enemy Within and then reading this ridiculously fantastic gem was a waaaaaaay better use of my time. Seriously, this was so epic, and perfect and just…THANK YOU. <3

  73. Glorious read on a fucked up day! McKay snark vs Sheppard bad-assness take two! Off to read again!

  74. Yes! What a lovely surprise in my email. Loved this Jeannie being so much like her brother! Hoping for a part 3. (Pretty please.)

  75. Good god I actually squealed – in front of my boss – when I checked my email and saw this today!

    This was absolutely amazing and everything I could have wanted. More, even.

    There’s a large part of me wanting to profess my love and an offer to have your babies after this lol

    Thank you, as always, for sharing this with us!

  76. That was AMAZING! thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  77. Absolutely loved this!!! Thanks so much 🙂

  78. Amazing. Thank you for sharing

  79. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

  80. I was very, very good and waited to get home to read chapters 2-10 of this, and OH MY GOD. Keira, I love all of this. It was absolutely worth the wait. Thank you for another brilliant book of the Lantean Legacy series, it just made my week. Don’t be surprised to see me return to this one over and over, all of it is just worth rolling in.

  81. This was all kinds of awesome! I was so hooked that couldn’t stop reading. Thank you!

  82. This was wonderful to read.

  83. Awesome, simply, awesome.

    I love everything about it. Great plot, wicked dialogues, lots of snark. Like I said, awesome!

    I love Ally and her kids, I love all the Sheppards and the McKays. Can’t wait to see what happens with them next, now they’re all in Atlantis. Ally interacting with Maddison and Max will be all sorts of cute and awesome, I guess. 🙂

    Thanks for such a wonderful treat. I always like it when I see updates from you in my inbox. Couldn’t wait to be done at work so I could read this new story in Lantean series.

  84. thank you. that was awesome!

  85. Epic, absolutely epic! I have been waiting for this since I found the teasers in EAD. And this is soo much better. Thank you for the glorious read. There were too many good parts to pick a favorite. I am eagerly waiting for anything else you feel like sharing.

  86. *squees, hugging the fic close* so very very lovely. I will have to reread this several times. Thank you very much!

  87. Love, love, LOVE this. What a wonderful early Easter present. Patrick and Elizabeth? Yeah, I could really ship that, and ship it hard.

  88. This was so awesome!!

  89. What a brilliant way to start the day. Thank you so very much

  90. Ok. I so blame you for not getting any work done this afternoon 😛 It was an awesome new book in this universe – so much kickass 🙂

  91. This is beautiful and beyond anything I could have dreamed as a next step for Lantean Legacy. Thank you for sharing your world with us.

  92. Because of this, today is a wonderful day.
    Thank you!

  93. Lantean Legacy has always been my favorite. This book was awsome. Thanks for posting. I do have questions about what happened between the first book and this one but I also really enjoy taking the info you gave us and imagining what happened for myself. I can just see John’s face when two big Sadetans offered themselves to Rodney. I sat here giggling all by myself.

  94. *happy sigh* I love you, Keira! That was wonderful!

  95. Best easter gift ever. Seriously, this was so good.

  96. Failing around like a demented fangirl while screaming and frightening the dogs. Pom-poms we need lots of Pom-Poms *\o/* *\O/* *\o/*

  97. This is amazing. Thank you. Reading this was the best way to spend the morning the first day of a long weekend, after a hellish week. Thanks :).

  98. THANK YOU!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 Can not get enough of this and all the other stories YOU write. Just started rereading all of them again. Ms. Marcos YOU are made of AWESOME.

  99. Obsesed Romantic

    Thank you. Thankyou, thankyou, thankyou! This is so very awesome and real and wonderful. I like how completely DONE w/Earth’s bs every Lantean is. I like how they still try and be reasonable and helpful and the asshats are ….. well, asshats. I wanna shot them all in the head. Loved all the interactions and family stuff. Shepards have a weakness for McKays. giggle/snort Thank you for the awesome story. I can’t wait to read it again.

  100. Thank you!!!!

  101. Thank you so much. This is my favorite of you stories. It made my month to have you share book 2. Thank you again.

  102. I was so excited when I saw this in my inbox. I had to drop everything and read it right away. And now I’m going to go back to book 1 and read them both again. Thank you so much for sharing, I love this whole world you’ve built in this series and the new Lantean civilisation.

  103. So much love. Thank you!

  104. Thanks for book 2 . I have read the first book often just waiting for the continuation. Major badass .
    Absolutely loved this.

  105. What a perfect start to a long weekend. Thank you

  106. What a wonderful surprise. This story is made of so much awesome. Love Sam, loved her stand. The Shepherds are hot. Earth politicians are stupid. Thank you for the unexpected and totally lovely story.

  107. Fantastic – love your worlds, thank you

  108. I had just re-read your original story, Fall For You, last night and now just finished this gem….what a doubleheader! Off to re-read me some Potter!

  109. What a wonderful, unexpected, and unintentional birthday present.

  110. Thank god I was off today would have had to call in sick.;)

  111. Best birthday surprise ever. Ever! Thanks so much for the wonderful read!

  112. Holy shit that was awesome. I’m so glad I unexpectedly got the day off today.

  113. Greatest present ever. I made squeaky toy sounds and nearly had a mental breakdown from coming home from the worst day of work ever to this. I love your brain can I marry it?

  114. You are so AWESOME ‘ you are easily my favoriter on the net by far

  115. This was so wonderful! Loved every minute I spent reading this.

  116. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing.

  117. What a joy to go back to that ‘verse! When I saw this in my e-mail, I wanted to do a little dance (and I’m horrible at that). Thank you for this beautiful piece!

  118. OMG, TLL has a sequel!!! Sqeeee!

    I was supposed to spend the evening getting ready for 35 guests on Sun and instead you took me back to Lantea. Thank you, thank you. This was wonderful. The politics and intrigue, how life had developed in the city, just so fascinating, I couldn’t stop reading. I loved the little glimpses of how Everyone and Allie had become use to each other. And all the little insights of missions the Lanteans had gone on … Wow.

    Thank you, must reread both now.

  119. This was just wonderful! I think if I could have wished for anything I wanted from one of your series – this would have been at the top of my list. *happy sigh* BAMF Lanteans for the win. I really like the David and Jean vibe, and the babies are just precious. I love that little Max and Maddie both feel so safe with David, too. I actually love the way the Lanteans handled the political bull on Earth. No. Just no. Short and sweet works for me.

    Thank you so very much for sharing this

  120. holy shit on a stick. I just marathoned both parts of lantean legacy. awesome

  121. Eeeeee! I was so excited that that was the sound I made when I saw this posted. My cat jumped and left a couple claw marks on left boob. Totally worth it. Of course, I had to go back and reread the first installment before I could start this on. Im still smiling and can barely keep my eyes open. I adored this so so much. I keep wanting to share how awesome it was but the cat doesn’t care. Thank you!!

  122. I am in love. With you, with your awesome universe and your awesome characters. Just stopped by to re-read some of my favorites *cough* all of them *cough* saw this story and squeed in delight. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Now if you will excuse me I am off to re-read this a bunch more time.

  123. Absolutely wonderful story, Keira, as always. I spent a good amount of time throughout the day when I should have been working reading the story on my phone. Then finally re-reading it when I got home.

  124. I adored that so much and a great way to end the day! This will so tide me over until April starts and all that fanfiction is put out. Thank you!!

  125. Well, so much for studying my Astronomy class…. But it was very well worth the delay, thank you so very much.

  126. loved the first story, love the second story and read the who thing in one go before realizing it.
    as always you rock and rule.

  127. I just finished reading the first book in this series (again!) so I was thrilled to see this update! I love the interaction between Earth and the Lanteans! thank you for continuing this series!

  128. I’m so glad that today was a public holiday. It gave me the chance to read both books in one sitting.
    As always a spectacular story that should be considered cannon.

  129. Thanks for this, what a brilliant update. I love how their families have such mixed feelings anger, resentment, happiness and love. This felt like a really ensemble piece but with plenty of mcshep.

  130. Thank you for sharing. A better Easter treat than any chocolate IMHO.

  131. A joy to read, as always with your work. Thank you!

  132. This is so so good. As always.

  133. *huggles the book* I’m never going to want to let go of it! Thank you so much for sharing! This was absolutely worth the wait. 😀

    I was really surprised that you’d posted it on my birthday – surprised and happy. So thank you for that, even though it wasn’t planned on your part!

    Lantean Legacy is my favourite series written by you. I’m so glad you were able to make this work after all the problems you had with it and I hope you still had fun!

    -Kim

  134. Done. Like others here I read it much too fast and will have to do it again – and again. Not a punishment gg. It was a great read.

    What I appreciate most is your Elizabeth/Rodney/John working relationship. Like a well oiled machine, with a common goal and different views and techniques in handling problems it just emphasises how much can be improved in every community with honest and strong leadership *sigh*. It is one of the things why I enjoy all of your stories so much.

    That and the strong family ties. It’s just lovely to read, be it human or Lantean or Leviathan gg – the underlyingprinciples are always the same. Caring, responsibility and loyalty. You do it so well, it just shows how much you must value this yourself.

    Thank you.

  135. yes yes yes loved it

  136. Wow thanks so much. This is made of awesome..have to go back and read it again.
    Love ur work

  137. OMG!! This was made of so much win! It was totally worth waiting for a second chapter in my FAVORITE Keira story ever!
    Seriously, I loved how you deepened the characters and added the Sheppard boys! And David and Jeannie McKay? Lovely. I’ll re-read this over and over and over!

  138. I adore your writing and characters. And finding this just after it was posted was superb, as I tend be slow on the update. So this just before my birthday is brilliant.
    Right, back to the start and re-read it now.

  139. spirit.seeker.60

    Lovely, though too short for me. But then there’s always tomorrow right. I did miss Daniel, but there’s hope he’ll show up yet. Thank you, thank you, and thanks for Ally. She rocks. (Miller’s gonna sue. That’s hysterical.) 🙂

  140. Awsome! Absolutely adore you!

  141. Thank you for a wonderful surprise. This Kind of made my day more perfect. Can’t wait where to follow you next to.

  142. babblingbarbarah

    This is absolutely amazing. I love that O’Neal and Carter are finally getting together and all the new pairings. Your wonderful sense of humor really shines and had me laughing out loud throughout, much to my cats’ amusement. Thank you and all your betas for all the hard work and for sharing your genius with us minions. You are the Empress of Porn.

  143. You glorious writer, you made my day. Wonderful story line, kick-ass characters, and love how they didn’t take any shit from the IOA. And all the fabulous sex!

  144. Thank you Keira. I loved this story!

  145. This was amazing. I had to stay up way too late to read the whole series together, but it was so worth it to be exhausted at work today! Thank you very much for an amazing update to your series, and I loved it!! xxx

  146. this was awesome.

  147. That was amazing! Thank you so much for this perfect easter present. I love this series.

  148. Waaaaaaah! Book 2 – I’m so fucking happy! They’re so vicious it’s awesome. Elizabeth especially when she said that she would never have answered the call if she had her way. I would probably still be pissed, too.

    I wibbled a little when Rodney said John’s full name because, you know… Sebastian. 🙁

    Thank you for all your hard work and sharing this with us!

  149. thank you, thank you, your lowly minions do not deserve your awesomeness !!!!
    loved it all, adored John with his family, although Chase’s dad needs someone to punch him in the throat !
    David with Jeannie was superb and a lovely surprise.
    this was my best Easter present, thank you again

  150. Very awesome, so very very awesome

  151. Wow! My best evening this year so far)

  152. That’s amazing! I did not think to read this so soon! Thank you!

    Off ro re-read Book 1 now 🙂

  153. This was absolutely fantastic!

  154. what can i say, i love it, you put a ray of sunshine in my belgian rainy day, thank you!

  155. Brilliant – really love this.

  156. Thank you so much for two hours of delight in an otherwise totally crappy day.

  157. I LOVE THIS STORY!
    It is epic! Just when you thought it could not possibly get any better it BLOWS YOUR MIND! You are a amazing! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  158. Thank you ! That was awesome !

  159. If you were single I would find a way to sweep you off your feet so that I could have first dibs on your work. This was awesome. Love it! Love all your work!

  160. Beautiful as always! I loved this. Thank you for such a wonderful read. 🙂

  161. Exquisite! I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect birthday present!

  162. It was a wonderful surprise to see a new story up, thanks for sharing.

  163. Well. I was thinking – that’s it? It was so short. And then I looked at the time and realized I’ve spent hours reading this, and have nothing to show for my day that was *supposed* to be productive, except an empty yogurt cup and the desire to start it all over again. I love so much of this! John just gets cooler and more badass and yum. Ally is wonderfully sassy. I want a David for myself. I love this Weir – so very much a woman who knows her own mind. I adored the scene where you slapped down Chase’s father. I found myself worrying about David’s unit without him, though. But as they’ve transferred to the Mountain I suppose they might make an appearance later. 🙂 Thank you for the lovely story, totally worth the wait!

  164. Thank you! This is one of my favorite series, and I love the update!

  165. Wonderful! This has totally made my Easter holiday. I thoroughly enjoyed it (as always). Thank you! 🙂

  166. Thank you! Just, thank you for sharing your amazing work with us.

  167. Thank you for this wonderful story. It made the day go quickly with a great deal of joy.

  168. So Cool! Thank you.

  169. Fun read, thank you!

    I liked that you gave us this AUs version of Ronon, and that you surrounded him with fellow Satedans.

    I really enjoyed your version of David Sheppard. And it felt great that Rodney and John got to have their families with them.

    This was a neat AU to start with, and the sequel lived up to the first story and the universe you built.

    Thanks again for a great read!

  170. This made my week. Thank you! I went back and reread book one again, too. I was so happy to see this updated! Thank you for writing! What a lovely story.

  171. Does It have to be done???
    Oh what a beautiful story. Took me all day to read it between all the other things I did as well. All those other things were done fast so I could get back to this. It is perfect just like all your other stories. Thank you for being an awesome writer.

  172. I had to read part of this in the back seat of my sister’s car. I would have finished it there, but I got car sick from reading in a moving car.

    I have so many questions, but each time I’d think of one, you’d distract me with the plot, and now I can’t remember any of them.

    This was awesome. Thank you so much for surprising us with this!!

    And yes, it was worth getting car sick. 😉

  173. This was incredibly lovely. Another McKay-Shepperd pairing = awesome. Love the Sam & Jack interaction too. As always Keira, this work is amazing!

  174. I stayed up way too late to read this. I don’t even care work is gonna sick!

  175. Thank you! I love this just as much as No Enemy Within. I’ve been keeping an eye out for this sequel since EAD 2011. So happy to know that you plan for long term torture/wish fulfillment.

  176. A delightful surprise! As always, I enjoyed every paragraph, while wishing it wouldn’t end. Thank you for continuing Lantean Legacy, thank you for a wonderful read, thank you really hard for continuing to write in this fandom so many years after the asshats canceled what we enjoyed so much.

  177. This was so good. I was virtually compelled to read both stories straight through. If for no other reason than the total badassery of the Lanteans, this was worth the cost of admission, but as always, your dialogue,which I’ve always thought was the toughest thing to write, ever, was just brilliant. Clever, funny, cogent and utterly in the perfect voice of your characters. Thanks for sharing this.

  178. This is so so wonderful. I finished Lantean Legacy part I just a few weeks ago. I haven’t read this yet but it’s going to be the best Easter present ever!

    Many thanks

    Daisy

  179. What an amazing second book. I had such a fantastic time reading it, getting lost in this universe, your characters, your world. I can’t tell you how much you brightened my day. Thank you so much for writing this fantastic work and sharing it with us.

    I have one question about the Asgards. How tall are they now? I think around 4,90 ft (1,50 m), but I’m not sure and just curious 🙂

    As he had no interest at all in his children, never to see them again isn’t quite enough punishment for Kaleb, even if I understand Jeannie, but losing a part of his body, like, the one between his leg, well….

    Again, thank you so much for those amazing chapters

    Nane

  180. It was, as always, a pleasure to read. Thank you!

  181. Thank you Keira, for sharing your awesome work! You rock so much!
    Your characters are so very well written and your works are such a pleasure to read.

  182. Wonderful! I love your cliches and having the Atlantean folks have all the power! Very yummy.

  183. I think I might deserve a sainthood for how patiently I waited for this. My restraint is awesome. 😀

    I admit to a great deal of surprise that you went with reconnection with Earth in this book. I had thought it would have more to do with Ally’s kids and gaining advantages over the Wraith. But, once the surprise wore off, I realized that I was learning all of that anyway throughout the narrative. LOVED that. 😀

    Ultimately, it was extremely satisfying that John and Rodney got their families back, along with dealing out a few well deserved political black eyes. That they (the Lanteans) remained untouchable throughout was icing on the cake. The buttercream will no doubt be in book 3? LOL

    Thank you K. As always, a marvelous, enjoyable ride. … rrmmm … except for the lack of a blow job in a random supply closet somewhere in the SGC. Somehow I think Sheppard would appreciate the opportunity to thumb his nose at previously restrictive military regs LOL besides, EVERYONE enjoys a good bj 😉

  184. Of ciurse I had to go back and read everything from the begining. 😀 Fantastic worldbuilding – love Ally and Theseus and children – all wonderful!

  185. Brava! Thanks for posting this just in time for the long weekend! I read it the first time really quickly, and enjoyed it so much I’m reading it again to savor all the goodies thoroughly.

  186. Ok I must admit I read this during work but it would have been too hard to wait until after work. I love your stories and always welcome any new ones you write. Thank you for the new addition to the Lantean Legacy.

  187. Fantastic story. Thanks for posting and sharing it with us.

  188. Love O’Neill coming clean about what happened during the time loops!
    I think Kaleb Miller should be disappeared…
    Great story.
    And I’m sure having a few more Sheppards and McKays running around Lantea is going to make things interesting.

  189. Just lovely, thank you. I might be able to go to bed now.

  190. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this new installment, actually as The Lantean Legacy is my favourite of your SGA verses so I was happy just getting the notifications! Thanks so much for sharing.

    MJ

  191. Fantastic story, as always. I’ve loved this universe since you first posted Book 1 and was thrilled when I saw book 2. I adore the family interactions, the political maneuvering, Ally and Theseus, Ronon and Tyre, Chase, David, Jeanie, Matt ( an ob!), and part Ancient Patrick. Love Bamf Elizabeth and of course, John and Rodney. Would love to read more, especially of Ally’s children, whenever your muses strike. Thank you so much for sharing, it’s an awesome gift any time you post a new story.

  192. Thank you. I enjoyed the stories, and I can’t believe I hadn’t read the first one. So double pleasure.

  193. You are a goddess amongst mortals!

  194. “Don’t worry, Mr. President, I think Earth has something I can’t even begin to compete with when it comes to Sam Carter.”

    Haha, Elizabeth has a talent for understatement. 🙂 🙂 Hooray, together at last! I loved this, and the slam dunk when John took Kaleb down. Lovely. Thank you for the nice long weekend read.

  195. Finished it and loved it. Thank you. But may I ask a question please? Is this the book 2 you were having problems with or is it the book 3 you wrote a while ago? Either way, it’s amazing and thank you so much for sharing it with us.

    love

    Daisy x

    • This was my original book 2 that I tried to make a book 3.

      • You said in a podcast that you didn’t think it would work as it had loads of plot holes in it. I certainly didn’t notice them so you’ve either done a great job of correcting them or they weren’t as bad as you thought! I think it’s pretty amazing and I’m in awe of you as a writer.

        Thank you for answering my question and sharing your work. Best Easter egg ever!

        DM X

  196. thank you

  197. Thank you! This was just amazing! I loved all the emotion going on in this one. Where they want to reconnect with their families even when the circumstances aren’t exactly what they might have hoped. And the feelings of Matt/David/Patrick/Jennie and how they both do and don’t want to leave Earth. Also loved getting to see more of the ships and their personalities.

  198. Another brilliant update! I always love your work!

  199. All your Sheppards are the stuff dreams are made of.

    You are made of awesome.

  200. You are a goddess. Thank you so much for the next book in this wonderful story. It just keeps getting better and better.

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